July 1–September 3
This summer, visitors to the Rockaways in New York will have a chance to see Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling Narcissus Garden (1966-present), the artist’s earliest outdoor installation. First shown at the Venice Biennale in 1966 and exhibited internationally since, the work is composed of 1,500 mirrored spheres. Narcissus Garden was shown in 2016 at The Glass House in Connecticut, where the spheres floated freely on the surface of a pond, creating a moving sculpture. The installation at Fort Tilden is being curated by Klaus Biesenbach, about which the MoMA PS1 director told The New York Times "It will look very, very different than before."
July 1–September 9
Works by Marlene Dumas and Kerry James Marshall are included in Shelter: An Exhibition in Two Parts, a group show organized by the Museum Catharijneconvent (Catharijne Convent Museum) in Utrecht on the occasion of the building's 550th anniversary. Curated by Bart Rutten, artistic director of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the show explores questions around the desire for transcendence and the sublime as manifested through art. Part One: Collections in Conversation features works from the collection of the Centraal Museum, while Part Two: An Imaginary Collection unfolds in the concurrent exhibition Rembrandt and the Golden Age, on view upstairs at the museum. This part of the show features The Jewish Girl (1986) by Dumas and Marshall’s Vignette (2003), in which two African-American figures are depicted in the banishment from the Garden of Eden.
July 4–October 8
Seven works by Diana Thater inaugurate the ICA Watershed, a new satellite space of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Central to the show is Thater’s multichannel video, sound, and light installation Delphine (1999), which has been reconfigured for the Watershed’s industrial interior to create an immersive environment that unfolds across a corner, the floor, and multiple walls. Also on view is Untitled Videowall (Butterflies) (2008), three works from the artist’s Day for Night series (2013), and As Radical as Reality and A Runaway World, both of which were made in 2017 and are to be shown at the Guggenheim Bilbao in November.
July 8–September 30
Wolfgang Tillmans: Fragile travels to Johannesburg Art Gallery from Circle Art Gallery and The GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, where it was presented following its debut at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias in Kinshasa in January. Organized by the Stuttgart-based Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) and featuring more than two hundred photographs spanning 1986 to 2017, as well as installations, video works, and publications, this is the artist’s first exhibition in Africa. An accompanying publication in English and French features a local contribution at each exhibition venue.
July 9–September 30
Opening at Cleveland Museum of Art, Infinity Mirrors is the first institutional survey to explore the evolution of Yayoi Kusama's immersive infinity rooms. Following its debut at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., the exhibition is traveling throughout the United States and Canada through 2019. Infinity Mirrors includes an unprecedented six infinity rooms, as well as installations, sculpture, and large-scale paintings.
A public monument designed by Kerry James Marshall titled A Monumental Journey will be unveiled at Hansen Triangle Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The work honors the legacy of the twelve African-American lawyers who founded the National Bar Association in Des Moines in 1925, after they were denied membership of the American Bar Association. The National Bar Association is the country’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African American lawyers and judges representing the United States, Africa, England, Canada, and the Virgin Islands.
The public dedication and celebration of A Monumental Journey will take place at 11 AM. NBA president Juan Thomas and the politician, attorney, civil rights activist, and former NBA president, Arthenia Joyner, will speak during the ceremony. Marshall will give a public lecture in the Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University at 6 PM.
July 14–September 24
Two paintings by Joan Mitchell feature in Monet’s Legacy, which travels to Yokohama Museum of Art from Nagoya City Art Museum. The exhibition presents twenty-five paintings by Monet alongside the work of twenty-six later artists, exploring the connections between them. While rooted in the conventions of abstraction, Mitchell’s (1925–1992) inventive reinterpretation of the traditional figure-ground relationship and synesthetic use of color resulted in intuitively constructed and emotionally charged compositions that conjure individuals, observations, places, and points in time.
July 14–October 28
Francis Alÿs’s work is included in the 10th Liverpool Biennale curated by Kitty Scott and Sally Tallan. Alÿs will be presenting Age Piece, which comprises 27 small-scale paintings by Alÿs, dating from 1982 to the present displayed along a timeline at Victoria Gallery & Museum.Piece. Painted during his travels, these postcard-sized works allude to the global condition of contemporary art.
On view concurrently at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (through September 9), Alÿs’s solo exhibition Knots’n Dust includes a series of photographs taken in Beirut during a sandstorm in 2015, as well as videos, paintings, and an animated film which is being exhibited for the first time. The exhibition's title refers to zones of turbulence in connection with both Alÿs's work and the identity of the city of Beirut, where Knots’n Dust was first shown earlier this year.
July 14–November 4
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) presents Donald Judd: Specific Furniture. Referencing Judd’s notion of "specific objects," this exhibition explores his furniture practice in its own right. "Judd’s rigorous research and exploration of form and scale in his artworks extended into his interests in design and architecture. Truly a spatial practice, Judd’s holistic approach to the objects that he created and surrounded himself with is evident in his refined, if not nuanced, works," said Joseph Becker, associate curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA. The show will include thirty furniture designs by Judd as well as twenty five drawings, selected furniture the artist collected, and designs fabricated by Donald Judd Furniture that visitors can touch and use.
July 17–November 26
When Faith Moves Mountains (The Making Of) (2002) by Francis Alÿs will be on view as part of Ritual, a group exhibition exploring the effect of rituals on culture, community, and identity at Aspen Art Museum. Performed and filmed outside the Peruvian capital on the occasion of the Third Ibero-American Biennial of Lima, this work enlisted some five hundred volunteers with shovels to move a 1,600 foot sand dune about four inches from its original location. As a metaphor for human will, the significance of this action for the artist lies in its potential as a contemporary myth that could be passed on through oral storytelling.
July 21–October 28
Oscar Murillo is participating in the 2nd Industrial Art Biennial, titled On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants, in Croatia. The artist will present The Institute of Reconciliation (2018), which includes an installation of twenty hanging black canvases and a group of twenty effigies on plastic chairs.
July 21 2018–June 16, 2019
Op Art in Focus at Tate Liverpool includes works by Bridget Riley, whose dedication to the interaction of form and color has led to a continued exploration of perception since the early 1960s. The show is part of the museum’s in Focus series, which draws on the Tate collection to present exhibitions about significant modern and contemporary artists or movements.
Book Launch: Ruth Asawa
Sunday, July 22, 2:30-3:30 PM
Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco
As part of 2018 SF Art Book Fair, join Jonathan Laib, director at David Zwirner, who will be in conversation with Addie Lanier and Aiko Cuneo of the Asawa family, and Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA, for the launch of Ruth Asawa, an immersive new monograph on the artist’s life and work from David Zwirner Books.
A major exhibition of Asawa’s work opens at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in September.
July 25 and 29
Neo Rauch and his wife Rosa Loy have created the stage designs for a production of Richard Wagner’s romantic opera Lohengrin as part of the 2018 Bayreuth Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. In a review of the artist’s 2007 solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Peter Schjeldahl recalled Rauch saying of his approach to composition, "I understand myself to be a director of plays." Further performances of Lohengrin are scheduled for August.
Cover image: Installation View, Diana Thater, the ICA Watershed, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Liza Voll. Photography © Diana Thater.